Commentary: Salary increase – still a no-no on Labor Day
By Miriam P. Aquino
San Fernando City, La Union (25 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo says that no salary increase will be announced on May 1, Labor Day, but a package of a non-wage benefits will be bared instead, Labor Secretary Arturo Brion said recently.
Employees are hoping that since its Labor Day, the President will announce what they want to hear – a new salary increase, but Malacañang had earlier said that there is nothing to expect of such on Labor Day because the wage boards are still deliberating on various petitions filed by various labor groups.
Brion added that the regional wage boards are expected to decide on this by July.
Even without the expected increase in compensation still it’s a good news for all the people because what the president will unveil speaks of basic commodities, food, housing, health, and a special announcement for all the employees, Brion explained.
Speaking of Monday which is a day that is sandwich between the weekend and the official holiday, Brion turns down expectations of the usual long weekend given to the workers because he has submitted his recommendation to the President not to declare it a non-working holiday.
He said that it is of no advantage to both business and labor, especially for the daily wage earners. (PIA La Union) [top]